After shifting my residence to Adhar, I thought of running a classroom for the children who are able to read and write. This I conveyed to Mr. Ganesh Ambekar, Project Head, who welcomed my idea and provided a magnetic whiteboard, writing pen, duster, and other stationery as per my request. The class was started in the month of July 2018. In the initial stage, there were only 12 to 15 children in the class. This year there are nearly 30 children. I hope the strength should increase to 50 at least. Children do not come to the class voluntarily. I have to go to each dormitory and identify the children who are able to read and write and persuade them to attend the class. The specialty of our class is children of all age groups and different 1.0. level sit in the same classroom. They are categorized into pre-primary and primary levels. Pre-primary level children are taught alphabets and numbers. At the primary level, we teach simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, telling time from the clock, identify small and big numbers in maths. In English words, simple sentences, fill in the blanks, match the pairs and in general knowledge, general topics are taught.
It is not easy to teach these children, since all children cannot write English. Some of them write Hindi while some of them write Marathi. Therefore we have to write in all three languages to make them understand better. Some children are interested only in coloring in the printed drawing book. Workshop teachers Mr s. Smita S. Pitale, M rs. Tejaswini S. Mate and Mr. Lata P. Misal have undertaken the work of guiding them in choosing colors and color the pictures properly. Mr. Sanjay A. Dhamankar who is good at drawing helps us in Drawing objects on the board and asks the children to draw the same in their notebooks and write the name below each object while teaching English. M r. Kaluram 8. Madhe does the writing work on the board in Maths, English, Hindi or Marathi and G. K. as per my suggestion and advice. We correct the answers and make them understand their mistakes and correct t the same. We also make them write the answers on the board which they are happy to do. Children who are not able to copy from the board are helped by teachers.
Last year we kept tests in Maths, English, G. K., Drawing and colorings. The test papers were examined by M r. Yogesh L. Rane, Workshop In-charge and given marks. Most of the students passed the test. As per the time table, we teach English and Maths twice a week and G. K. one a week. The class is conducted from 4.30 p.m. to 5 p. m. We get only half an hour to teach that to only five days a week. Some children do not attend the class regularly. We kept one attendance register and Pitale Madam used to mark the attendance. I told the children those who have maximum attendance would be awarded prizes. There was a good response forth is. M rs. Rupal Madam, a clinical psychologist donated some educational kits to the class. We find them very useful. We utilized most of them. For making learning more interesting and effective, we have to adapt the play way method. For this, we need big charts of fruits, vegetables, flowers, animals, birds, insects, reptiles, vehicles, story charts, a sea-shore, a railway station, a busy road for picture reading. We also require G. K. books, textbooks of std 1st to 4th of Hindi, Marathi, English and Pre-primary books. Recently, Ryan’s mother brought some books for the class which is very useful. The parents are welcome to donate notebooks, pencils, textbooks, alphabet and number books, etc; which would help our children.
– C.R. SARASWATHY